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Susan Hand Shetterly: Settled in the Wild
SUSAN HAND SHETTERLY
Settled in the Wild
Notes from the Edge of Town
"I live on land that has not surrendered the last of its wildness..."In 1971, Susan Hand Shetterly moved with her husband to a small cabin in the wilderness of Maine. Surrounded by natural world and cut off from the busyness of conventional living, she found herself in a different mode of life. Her new collection of essays, Settled in the Wild, captures this pace of life in the Maine woods: marking seasons by the migrating geese, or the movement of ice on a nearby lake. And while some human neighbors lived nearby, life was more populated by a litany of wild creatures: bobcats and raccoons, ravens and cormorants, alewives and salmon. She writes not only about her own experiences -- saving a fledgling raven, watching the paving of an old dirt road -- but also those tricky intersections between humans and nature. Shetterly's keen observations capture both the quiet reflection of a more rural life, and an unceasing wonder at the natural world.
- Susan Hand Shetterly, Settled in the Wild
"With wisdom and leavening humor, Susan Hand Shetterly tells tales of a small town and the woods around it, of her family and neighbors, two-legged and four, of the sound of wind and the cacophony of silence."
- Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods
"Shetterly's eye for poetic detail is exquisite... she writes about her neighbors with equal grace and empathy. Let's hope it's not another quarter-century before her next collection arrives."
- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
Susan Hand Shetterly, a former wild bird rehabilitator, has written about wildlife and wildlands for over twenty years. She is the author of the essay collection The New Year's Owl and several children's books. She was a contributing writer to the Maine Times and her pieces have appeared in Birder’s World, Audubon Magazine, Yankee, and Down East.